An interesting and informative view of the United Nations, ‘O United Nations’ is both eccentric and modern, an interesting twist to the often dry world of non-fiction literature-World Federation of United Nations Associations. Initiatives such as O United Nations are the reasons why we continue to believe in the mission of IPSA -International Political Science Association. The book O United Nations composed by Sinha M.A. Sayeed is so beautifully produced in a prosaic poetry fashion that it echoes the feeling of all right-thinking citizens - International Association of Historians of Asia. Global Voice’ Award (for the O United Nations) from Bangladesh Philosophical Association was well deserved-Yale Model United Nations XXXV, Yale University, USA
O UNITED NATION

Valuable Reviews/Comments

 

 International think-tanks and bodies that made reviews/evaluations on O United Nations are:

** World Federation of United Nations Associations [WFUNA]
WFUNA included the link of the book O United Nations in its UN Connection 81

** International Political Science Association [IPSA]
** International Association of Historians of Asia [IAHA]
** Yale Model United Nations [YMUN XXXV]

** GotPoetry.com, Got Feature.com, WASA Line.com, Portuguese.endlesspoetry.com, French.endlesspoetry.com  United- Nations-Mixcat Interactive, familycommitment.com, pakzoo.org/aggregator, bluerbote.com [Nepal News—Bluer Bote RuBland], www.topix.com, Bangladesh wire, Chittagong, Bangladesh Wire, New Delhi, India Wire, asia thinker, News aggregator, Huffingtonpost.com etc included reviews from time to time

** Center for Nepal and Asian Studies [CNAS], Tribhuvan University
** Comments from Foreign Ambassadors/High Commissioners assigned in Bangladesh


** Comments from foreign journalists


National think-tanks and bodies that made reviews/evaluations on O United Nations are:
** Bangladesh Writers Foundation [BWF]
** National poetry council, Bangladesh
** Bangladesh Political Science Association [BPSA]

** Bangladesh Heritage Foundation [BHF]
** Bangladesh Philosophical Association [BPA]

** Newcastle Law Academy [CSLA]
** Bangladesh Perspective Research Foundation

** Center for Governance Studies (CGS) |
** Bhuiyan Academy [BA], Dhaka, Bangladesh [Review was made by Dr. Rabia Bhuiyan, Bar-at-law, Principal of Bhuiyan Academy
  
** Department of Law and Human Rights, Asia Pacific University, Dhaka, Bangladesh [Review was made by its head   Professor Dr. Mir Shamsur Rahman]

** Faculty of Law, University of Chittagong, Bangladesh [Review was made by its Founder Dean of Law Professor Dr. Sha Alam]     
 
** Department of Law, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh [Review was made by its former Chairman Professor Liaquat A. Siddiqui, who is also a Member, Environmental Law Commission of International Union for Conservation of Nature, ICUN, Germany].

** Department of Political Science, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh [Evaluation was made by its Professor Dr. Kamal Uddin Ahmed ].
** Mr. Wajid Ali Khan Panni, Former Deputy Foreign Minister and High Commissioner of Bangladesh


Print media abroad
:
Thikana, a US-based weekly in Bengali also reviewed the book
Asia Pulse, Daily Herald, Buzz Thacker , Asian Studies,  Huffington Post etc. printed the reviews
Journalists from Norway Post in Norway, Daily Times in Lahore etc.have passed their comments to us.

Print media at home:
Daily Star, Independent, New Nation, Holiday and Dhaka Courier in particular printed a number of       evaluations/reviews from time to time on the book and the trends are still on.     
 

 


*Dr. Mahendra Gaurr, Director, Foreign Policy Research Centre, New Delhi, India, came out in Bogota Free Planet, South America, under the title ‘The book ‘O United Nations’ upholds UN and Mankind’ 03 May, 2015, in Dhaka courier on 14 May 2015 and in Daily Star under the title ‘O United Nations’ on June 08, 2015.
 

‘The book ‘O United Nations’ upholds UN and Mankind’                                                             
Sinha M. A. Sayeed, a Bangladeshi writer of global understanding and standing, has written a book titled 'O United Nations' published by Bangladesh Political Science Association. This website publication is, in fact, an expanding form of the original book printed in 2007. It's really a challenging and appreciable venture to write a book in prose-poetry appearance on UN touching almost all the leading issues in and around UN, its member states and the world as a whole.
Focusing on the past, present and future of UN, the book is a stunning landscape of UN. Re the continuance and unavoidable necessity of a global body in the vein of UN under the circumstances, approving or not, it carries and passes a message of positivism and optimism for the readers, persons involved in politics and statecrafts, persons and scholars of various scales, magnitudes, folds, shades and backgrounds at national, regional and international levels.
I welcome and endorse the very title of 'Global Voice' conferred upon Sinha M. A. Sayeed by various national and international bodies including Bangladesh Philosophical Association, Yale Model United Nations XXXV and Bogota Free Planet. Let United Nations, the largest global body standing more comprehensively and inclusively on the remains of United Nations Organization, feels on the house to embrace and make use of Sinha M. A. Sayeed in a befitting mood and mode.

 


*Ernesto Pardo, Publisher, Bogota Free Planet, Bogota — Colombia, South America, published in BFP on April 23, 2015
 

‘The book ‘O United Nation’
The book ‘O United Nation’ written by Sinha M. A. Sayeed, a Bangladeshi and published by Bangladesh Political Science Association deserves to be noted with the profoundest understanding and regard given that it deals with almost all the foremost issues in the contemporary world surrounding UN.  Sinha’s positive look at the UN and its overall activities is a clear message to those who feel free and inspired to see a world of peace, harmony and happiness under all the circumstances, approving or not. Active and/or pro-active role(s) of UN in today’s world can hardly be set aside.
Sinha’s attention-grabbing vision and mission constantly being unfolded from the pages of the book sounds the much cherished spirit of mankind and United Nations at large.
Understood that the final publication of the extended book shall take place at the end of 2015. Ongoing enlargement is available at http://www.sinha-ounitednations.com Needless to say that the book may be a source of further attention and addition for researchers, students, political scientists, observers and analysts, political activists entailing statesmen, leaders and politicians and persons with and around UN, its bodies and other national, regional and international organizations and associations.
Since Sinha is one of our leading columnists. We take also keen interest in his achievements and successes. 
Plainly, therefore, we, Bogota Free Planet, note and affirm with a sense of realization and contentment that Sinha M. A. Sayeed is,to be sure, a ‘global voice’ of the day and/or tomorrow.

 


Ashley Macdonald on behalf of Miss Pera Wells,
Secretary-General World Federation of United Nations Associations One UN Plaza, New York USA.
Published in the PROBE, a leading weekly in English language in Bangladesh, in Volume 6, Issue 49, May 30-June 06, 2008.
 

O United Nations is an interesting take on the creation of the United Nations, its role in the world and its future influence. Splits into three parts, Sinha M. A. Sayeed’s book offers a modern take on prose poetry delving into the many issues which shape the United Nations agenda. Sayeed delivers an honest portrayal of the problems that the United Nations faces in carrying out its work coupled with solutions and ideas for progress in the many areas of concern for the international community.

In the first part of the poem, Sayeed details the beginning of the United Nations and some of its global activities. Although a non-factual take than the rest of the book, it is a valuable background to the rest which is much less pragmatic.
The second part of the book offers a critical take on the United Nations action and suggestions on how the United Nation’s role in the world should be formulated. Calling on the United Nations to stick by its roots and original goals, Sayeed offers little leeway on the United Nation’s current proceedings.

Concluding, the third part of the poem ends with a call for Ban Ki-moon to fulfill the aforesaid goals and commits to his intentions as the Secretary-General. An interesting and informative view of the United Nations, ‘O United Nations’ is both eccentric and modern, an interesting twist to the often dry world of non-fiction literature.
 


Quited from the letter of Dr. Guy Lachapelle
Secretary General of IPSA, Montreal, Canada.
Published in the Daily Star under the caption ‘IPSA’s assessment of the book O United Nation]’,
the leading Daily in English language in Bangladesh, on June 11, 2008
 

O United Nations sounds the mission of IPSA Initiatives such as O United Nations are the reasons why we continue to believe in the mission of International Political Science Association [IPSA]

 


Professor Dr. Shamsur Rahman,
Head of the Department of Law and Human Rights University of Asia Pacific, Bangladesh
Published in the New Nation, a leading daily in English language in Bangladesh on June 20, 2008
 

A new dimension in writing a book on the UN There is no denying the fact that the book O United Nations--- written by Sinha M. A. Sayeed in a prosaic poetry fashion, a developing approach in the world of literature, and published by Bangladesh Political Science Association--- merits to be named for the author’s profoundly pointing out and courageously uttering the drawbacks and loopholes, inherent or created, of the United Nations.
Concerns and urges expressed in part three of the book for the timely implementation of all sorts of reform proposals and recommendations deserve to be noted with due respect and care indeed. His touching  on the need for a comparative study on the International Court of Justice [ ICJ] under UN and European Court of Justice [ ECJ] under European Union is very much thought provoking in the light of the emerging new world order.
More interesting to  see is that a call to the current Secretary General Ban-Ki-moon to move tactfully onward having a lesson from the experiences of the past Secretaries General is, to speak the truth, a new dimension in writing a book on the United Nations.

Sinha appears very strong and confident about the unavoidable necessity, existence and continuation of the United Nations in the face of the challenges, open or hidden, as a paean global body and he also draws attention of all concerned to the threats to balance of power emanating from the ongoing imbalance standing of the nuclear and non- nuclear power holders, suppliers and stock pillars. His fingering at the regeneration of cold war in new forms and dimensions after the fall of the communist USSR indicates his in-depth study to the geo-political landscapes in the contemporary world.

Sounding in the book like ‘unipolar world is not safe, not safe either for you [UN] or for USA’ echoes the reality of the limitations, weaknesses and operational non-substantive ness of the doctrine of unipolar world now being led by Hyper State the United States of America.
To our utter surprise, religion has been made a very dynamic and positive issue in the book in building the civilization, past, present and future and his proposal for convening an annual conference of religions (not on religions) should be one of the missions of United Nations bears a great significance in the context of ongoing approaches and initiatives to peace and conflicts, nationally, regionally and internationally.
United Nations, to speak the truth, should voluntarily welcome Sinha for creatively, lucidly evaluating this global body without a minimum bias in any form and dimension. Such an evaluation may act as an example for others in future.

The style of expression of thoughts taken resort to, otherwise called a prose-poetry form, in the book has added further glamour and flavor for a reader  The book has beyond doubt  mingled with the spirit and tempo of the peoples in this planet of the universe.


 


Dr. Rabia Bhuiyan, Barrister-at-Law
Visiting Professor, Cornwell University, USA
Principal, Bhuiyan Academy
Senior Advocate of the Supreme Court of Bangladesh
Former Minister of the Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh
Published in the New Nation on August 1, 2008
 

O United Nations can be treated as first hand information for every body who is interested in UN
O United Nations---written by Shna M. A. Sayeed, and published by Bangladesh Political Science Association--- is exceptionally thought provoking  and a beautiful prosaic poetic presentation of the role of  United Nations in the past, present and future, a kind of work never done before.

With honesty and strength in conviction, the author has most courageously addressed the UN and pointed out the achievements and failures of the UN with proposals and recommendations for a strong and effective United Nations--- a most commendable work indeed.

Both conceptually and pragmatically the book O United Nations is filled with meaningful and inspiring expression and can be treated as first hand information for everybody who is interested in the United Nations. The book has universal appeal, and echoes the voice of the peoples of the world irrespective of race, religion, caste, creed, men and women.

 


Dr. Shah Alam
Founder Dean, Faculty of Law
University of Chittagong
Published in the New Nation on August 1, 2008

 

It is a book of excellence
Sinha M. A. Sayeed’s innovative creation O United Nations—which has been brought to light by Bangladesh Political Science Association, is a very beautiful, colorful and inspiring publication. It really indicates his deep knowledge of the UN as well as his good understanding of the contemporary global problems.

The book also indicates his sincere love for the world organization expressed in good artistic form. Although his style is prosaic, the poetry has been very sweet and lucid. It merits world wide readership.

 


Quoted from the evaluation on the book passed to the writer on August 21, 2008 by
Amandla Ooko Ombaka , Secretary General
Yale Model United Nations XXXV
Yale University, Connecticut, USA.

 

The book and message are universal                 
 My apologies for such a tardy evaluation on the book O United Nations. I have been traveling for the past 2 weeks and my access to internet has been sporadic. I have however managed to complete the book O United Nations, I was incredibly impressed with the presentation of the book, and the background information you have provided with the package. My evaluation may exclusively be taken as reflective of Yale Model United Nations XXXV secretariat.

From an academic point of view, you have taken a very simple yet thought-provoking approach to O United Nations. The subject matter is presented without complication and clearly laid out, ensuring that Sinha’s  message is delivered hard and fast—while the UN has its trails and tribulations, as long as the need for such a body exists , as it currently does, the UN remain a powerful albeit flawed body that we have the power to change.  As the Secretary General of Model United Nations conference, I believe that the book and message are universal and can be well understood and accessed by any audience.

I have read most of the reviews, comments and evaluations made by distinguished national and international scholars on the book and I believe that the ‘Global Voice’ Award from the Bangladesh Philosophical Association was well deserved. O United Nations was worldly, forward-looking and creative in thoughts, ideas and spirit.

I commend you once for an excellent piece of work, and I wish you the best of luck in the future. I look forward to hearing of the further success of O United Nations.

 


Amb. JIN Yongjian
President of United Association of China [UNCA]


 

Congratulation on your work on the United Nations
The comment was made and sent to the writer on 19 September 2008.

 


Professor Dr. Aminul Islam
Department of Philosophy
University of Dhaka
President, Bangladesh Philosophical Association
Published in the Independent, a leading daily in English language Bangladesh,  on….. 2008 

 

O United Nations echoes the voice of the peoples of the world at large  The book O United Nations composed by Sinha M. A. Sayeed and published by Bangladesh Political Science Association may be treated as an admirable piece of Sinha’s series of writings. We are pleased to learn that this is unique in the history of the United Nations from the point of view of its composition in a prosaic poetry fashion in particular since its creation on 24 October, 1945. This is more interesting and encouraging to note that the book has meanwhile been recognized and reviewed by various national and international personalities and bodies including Bangladesh Writers Foundation, Bangladesh Political Science Association, World Federation of United Nations Association, International Association of Historians of Asia and Yale Model United Nations.

Let us say straight way that such recognitions, apart from the overall universal appeal and quality of the book, also played a role to convince us adequately to treat the book as one that ‘echoes the voice of the peoples of the world at large’ and we, therefore, here take an opportunity to honor its writer Sinha M. A. Sayeed with a title ‘Global Voice’ in the true perspective of time, space and dimension.

Determination of the ratio of successes and failures, mathematical or otherwise, is not at all a comfortable task. Nonetheless, there can hardly be a debate on the growing alarming rate of failures of the United Nations to put its goals and objectives into practice ensuring and upholding  the philosophy resting upon which  this august paean global body made a historic start sixty three years ago. Markedly and strikingly, O United Nations is indeed an unfolding exposition of this reality.

To our mind, the most important aspect of this book is that it does accept and welcome UN as an unavoidable necessity, which implies that the balance sheet is still not negative and unfavorable; rather its continued existence with multi-dimensional network ranging from development to peace-keeping activities must be recalled with a great care as well.

 


Professor Deepak Kumar
President
International Association of Historians of Asia [IAHA]
Z. A. Centre for Educational Studies
Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi-110067
India.Published in the New Nation on 22 August, 2008 

 

It echoes the feeling of all right-thinking citizens                              
The book O United Nations composed by Sinha M.A. Sayeed is so beautifully produced in a prosaic poetry fashion that it echoes the feeling of all right-thinking citizens. It also creates an interest about the United Nations even in the minds of an ordinary citizen. I am very much confident that this book will promisingly have its place in the global market of publication and distribution. Credit musty also be given to Bangladesh Political Science Association for taking a bold and timely initiative to bring the book to the notice of readers of various nature and diversification, national and international.

Though I am not a political scientist, as a historian I share all his feelings about the United Nations. Sinha’s verses capture the travails, anguish and expectations which the UN symbolizes. The value of the work is enhanced by the pictorial depictions which are aesthetically put on art paper.

 


Pancha N. Maharjan Ph.D
Professor of Political Science,
Seminar Coordinator, Center for Nepal and Asian Studies
Tribhuvan University, Nepal
Published in the New Nation on 22 August, 2008 

 
The book has also placed Sinha  solidly as a cosmopolitan thinker Having gone through the book O United Nations composed n a prosaic poetry style by Sinha M. A. Sayeed and published by Bangladesh Political Science Association and reviews made by various national and international personalities and organizations, we are, truly speaking, encouraged to conclude as follows:

The book has rightly spoken of the problems and issues surrounding the United Nations and recommendations put forward therein deserve to be attended with due care and flavor for the overall onward journey of the UN. Sinha M. A. Sayeed, by producing this book, has not only showed his excellence in voicing the rights of the peoples in the world but also placed him solidly as a cosmopolitan thinker.
 


H.E. Ingebjonh Stofring
Ambassador of Royal Norwegian Embassy, Bangladesh.
[Quoted from her letter to the writer]
January 30, 2008


 

Let me congratulate you with this publication. It was a very nice initiative to present the UN in such an innovative way.

 


Rolleiv Solholm, The Norway Post, Norway
[Quoted from his letter to the writer]
March 1, 2008.

 
The book O United Nations is filled with thought-provoking quotations and inspiring expression.   This hardcover gift book with a jacket is a powerful, meaningful and affordable promotional gift item
 


H.E. Elisabath Boch Malinen
Charge d'affaires of Embassy of Switzerland
Bangladesh.
[Quoted from his letter to the writer]

02 February, 2008.

 
This book O United Nations will be an interesting and useful addition to our library.
 


H. E. Ferit ERGIN, Ambassador, Embassy of the Republic of Turkey, Bangladesh
[Quoted from his letter to the writer]
11 February, 2008.

 
I would like to congratulate you for having written such a ‘piece of art titled 'O United Nations’
 


James Reeves, Apt-508, Road-5678, RNC Housing Society, Singapore City, Singapore
[Quoted from his letter to the writer]
17 April, 2008

 
I am a regular contributor of various newspapers in Singapore, once I worked for the United Nations. I think, you are first person to publish such kind of book. You are awesome and your expressions are superb…..anyways excellent book.
 


Jalaluddin Askari Kafi
Daily Times in Lahore
Pakistan
[Quoted from his letter to the writer]
1 March, 2008

 
The book O United Nations written by you is very nice and different. I read a number of reviews on the book in your country’s newspapers; the reviews are very nice and thought-provoking. I think such kind of work has been done first time in the world. Past, present and future---you want to focus on the three times of United Nations.
 


Wali-ur Rahman
Former Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Bangladesh
Chairman, Bangladesh Heritage Foundation
May 24, 2008.
[Quoted from his letter to the Writer]

 
 A new dimension to the citizens’ thinking
Having spent about half of my career in the UN system, in Geneva and New York, I believe that the book O United Nations gives a new dimension to the citizens’ thinking about the United Nations.
 


Professor Liaquat A. Siddiqui
Professor and former Chairman
Department of Law, University of Dhaka
Bangladesh.
Member, Environmental Law Commission
International Union for Conservation of nature, IUCN
Published in PROBE, a leading weekly in English language n Bangladesh, in Volume 7, Issue 12, September 12-18, 2008.

 

 It attaches much importance to a concept of dynamic leadership to run the present day United Nations   Split into three parts, the book O United Nations composed by Sinha M. A. Sayeed and published by Bangladesh Political Science Association is, to speak the truth, a broad-based approach to the overall working and understanding of the United Nations. Its uniqueness has been demonstrated more acutely due to its composition in a prose- poetry form, which, indeed, draws the attention of an audience of any walk of life. Sinha has courageously, determinedly and pragmatically touched upon the politico-historical perspectives of the genesis of this global organization after the collapse of the League of Nations.  This is well recognized and understood that the United Nations, for its birth, owes to Franklin D. Roosevelt, then President of USA, and W. Churchill, then Prime Minister of UK, two prime players in those days international politics, relations and happenings but, you have delicately also upheld the role and contribution of H. Truman and Attlee who after the demise of their predecessors proved their excellence in continuing the mission and bringing about the safe birth.
 Each and every para in the book bears a great testimony to Sinha’s overall understanding and realization about UN as a global paean body.  A profound sense of optimism, positivism and pro-activism runs spontaneously with a corresponding concerted rise and fall of intonations and rhythms throughout the pages of the book. Above all, his strongest assertion to the unavoidable necessity of the UN in the face of a storm of criticism ---being leveled by those who feel relaxed and consoled to brand it as a mere talking house--- has wonderfully and skillfully been penned at the start of the book, which read:
 O United Nations---------------
Hailing from the collapses and ruins
 Of the League of Nations on 24 October 1945
 And after having arrived at the age of sixty two
 With a total of 192 members
 You are still lively, functional and effective too
 Your challenging non-stop journey
 All the time telling the world boldly
 Of your existence as an unavoidable necessity [Page-17, Para-1, Part 1 in the book]
This is more interesting to enjoy that Sinha’s focus on the United Nations as a place of peace, harmony and understanding of the peoples in the world has uniquely been expressed in the following manner:
 O United Nations-----------------------
You are a unique centre for get-together
Of all the nations of the world
From North to South
From East to West
From Asians, Africans to Australians
From Europeans, Americans to Antarcticans
From Aryans to non-Aryans
From Mongoloid to non-Mongoloid
From Black and White to the Mixed [Page-18, Para-2, Part1]
O United Nations has become more multi-dimensional in contents because it addresses many issues, which entails the international financial institutions like World Bank, Asian Development Bank and International Monetary Fund, rapidly expanding regionalism under UN Chapter viii, cold war, productions, sales and purchases of arms and ammunitions, nuclear proliferation, imbalance allocations of funds between development and defense sectors by the member states etc. Rise and marching of uni polar world under the leadership of USA has further created tension and sensation in new manifestations. Hence his dauntless but judicious utterances about the role and existence of uni polar world are a kind of reflection of  the ongoing global political landscapes being unfolded in may forms and dimensions and for the sake of clarity and unambiguity,  it  is more logical and reasonable to quote them here as follows:
 O United Nations------------------
 ……………………………..
 The message is one and clear:
 Uni polar world is not safe
 Not safe, not safe
 Even either for USA
 Or for you [Page-30, Para- 5, Part 11]
Sinha’s profound concerns about the existing lethargic process of the implementation of recommendations and reforms in the various areas of the United Nations deserve to be weighed and appreciated. Part 111 of the book is really an encouraging addition as it attaches much importance to a concept of dynamic leadership to run the present day United Nations diplomatically, politically and administratively. This is not an exaggeration to say that his open call to the incumbent Secretary General Ban Ki-moon is very much becoming and appreciable that reads:
 O Ban Ki-moon----------------
 It’s a challenge for you
 To run this august organization
 Not being subservient to the will of any power and/or position [Page-51, Para-3,  Part 111].
Accordingly, Sinha’s advice to Ban Ki-moon has been tied so relevantly that it again and again reminds us of those lines in the book as under:
 O Ban Ki-moon------------------------------------------
 Having the glimpses of the past Secretaries-General
With a careful study to heir strengths and weaknesses
 Be pragmatic, bold and tactful
 In putting the United Nations on a stronger footing [Page-52, Para-4, Part 111]
 I am very much convinced to the best of my knowledge and source that O United Nations is also unique in its penning off in the form of a prayer to Allah that reads:
 O Allah-------------------------
 Lord of Universe
 Lord of Doomsday
 Lord of the day of Resurrection
 Lord of the day of Judgment
 Omnipotent, Omniscient and Omnipresent
 Be kind and merciful
 To all-------------------
 Mankind, United Nations and Ban Ki-moon [Page-52, concluding Para, Part 111]
I am neither a poet nor a littérateur nor even am I much acquainted with prose-poetry form. As a professor of Law, I simply find enough reasons to believe in a similar tune with our National Professor Kabir Chowdhury, a stalwart in English literature, who in his foreword to the book O United Nations wrote ‘Issues and problems in and around our lives in various forms, peculiarities and dimensions may nicely and lucidly be expressed also in a prosaic-poetic form with minimum reference to rhythms and similes.’ Therefore, there is no hesitation to say that Sinha, following this prose-poetry fashion, have fully been successful in conveying your message to all irrespective of age, color, education, religion, caste and creed. It is widely held that a writer is called and recalled with respects when the message of his writings is unambiguously understood and served. Should not it also be true to Sinha?  Moreover, O United Nations may perhaps also be treated as one of the largest prosaic poetry compositions in the contemporary world of literature.
Forewords by Professors Dr. Zillur Rahman Khan, Char 37 of the Research Council of International Political Science Association and Rosebush Professor Emeritus of Political Science, University of Wisconsin, USA, and Professor Dr. Ataur Rahman, President of Bangladesh Political Science, have further added value and importance to the book while reviews/evaluation from various national and international personalities and bodies have rightly put the book on a better track on its overall accounts nationally and internationally.
I do gladly endorse the awarding of ‘Global Voice’ title to Sinha by Bangladesh Philosophical Association for the book O United Nations. Thanks to the World Federations of United Nations Associations for reviewing the book and including the link in it’s UN Connection 81 and I also  I believe that the United Nations and in particular it’s Secretary General Ban Ki-moon shall  be magnamonious enough to rightly honor and encourage Sinha  and use  his good offices as and when required.
May Allah bless Sinha M. A. Sayeed for all the time, present and future.


 


Prottoe Jashim, President of Bangladesh Writers Foundation
Published in the New Nation on 19 September, 2008 under the titled ‘Book Review: O United Nations’

 

 

 

  
Relevance of ‘Global Voice’ title for the book O United Nations    To speak the truth, Sinha’s receiving a ‘Global Voice’ title from Bangladesh Philosophical Association is a kind of near-conclusion of a series of talks, reviews and evaluations and comments made during this period in particular by various national and international think-tanks, bodies and associations on the book O United Nations. Relevance and smell of ‘Global Voice’ are very much acute therein and some of them may understandably be shown and tasted as follows:


Initiatives such as O United Nations are the reasons why we continue to believe in the mission of IPSA’

Professor Guy Lachapelle
Secretary General
International Political Science Association [IPSA]
Montreal, Canada.

Quoted from the evaluation made by him, and was sent to the Writer.

 
 

 

 


O United Nations is an interesting take on the creation of the United Nations, its role in the world and its future influence. Split into three parts, Sinha M. A. Sayeed’s book offers a modern take on prosaic poetry delving into the many issues which shape the United Nations agenda. Sayeed delivers an honest portrayal of the problems that United Nations faces in carrying out its work coupled with solution and ideas for progress in the many areas of concern for the international community’.

Ashley Macdonald on behalf of Miss Pera wells
Secretary General
World Federation of United Nations Associations
One UN Plaza
New York, USA.


Excerpts from the evaluation published in the PROBE, a leading weekly in English language in Bangladesh, in  Volume 6, Issue 49,  May 30-June 06, 2008.

 


‘The book has universal appeal, and echoes the voice of the peoples of the world irrespective of race, religion, caste, creed, men and women’.
Taken from the evaluation made by
 Dr. Rabia Bhuiyan, Barrister-at-Law,
 Visiting Professor, Cornwell University, USA,
 Principal, Bhuiyan Academy, Senior Advocate of the Supreme Court of Bangladesh
 Former Minister of the Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh

It (O United Nations) really indicates his (Sinha’s) deep knowledge of the UN as well as his good understanding of the contemporary global problems. It merit world wide readership’.
Quoted from the evaluation made by
Dr. Shah Alam
Professor and Founder Dean
Faculty of Law, University of Chittagong
Bangladesh.
‘The book has beyond doubt mingled with the spirit and tempo of the peoples in this planet of the universe. United Nations, to speak the truth, should voluntarily welcome Sinha for creatively, lucidly evaluating this global body without a minimum bias in any form and dimension Such an evaluation may act as an example for others in future’.
Excerpts from the evaluation made by
Professor Dr. Shamsur Rahman,
Head of the Department of Law and Human Rights
University of Asia Pacific, Bangladesh
The book O United Nations composed by Sinha M.A. Sayeed is so beautifully produced in a prosaic poetry fashion that it echoes the feeling of all right-thinking citizens. ……………………………………………………………………………………………………..
Though I am not a political scientist, as a historian I share all his feelings about the United Nations. Sinha’s verses capture the travails, anguish and expectations which the UN symbolizes. 
Quoted from the evaluation made by
Professor Deepak Kumar
President
International Association of Historians of Asia [IAHA]
Z. A. Centre for Educational Studies
Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi-110067
India
Sinha M. A. Sayeed, by producing this book, has not only showed his excellence in voicing the rights of the peoples in the world but also placed him solidly as a cosmopolitan thinker’.
Taken from the evaluation made by
Pancha N. Maharjan PhD
Professor of Political Science,
Seminar Coordinator, Center for Nepal and Asian Studies
Tribhuvan University, Nepal.
Comments from classes of diplomats from home and abroad--past and present--and journalists such as Solhom Rolleiv, Norway Post in Norway, Jalauddin Kafi, Daily Times in Lahore, Pakistan etc. are also very much close to the above thoughts and spirits.
Because of the universal appeal and theme, many reviews/evaluations have been reprinted and included in a number of print media and websites that remarkably also covers Asia Pulse, Daily Herald, Nepal News—Bluer Bote, bluebote.com, GotPoetry.com,GotFeature.com, WASALine.com, Portuguese. endlesspoetry.com, United- Nations-Mixcat.Interactive, familycommitment.com, pakzoo.org/aggregator, www.topix.com
More inspiring is that Sinha--within the span of six months of the rehearsal publication of the book O United Nations [meaning that a few copies of the  book has been published for the purpose of  distribution sans price only to the target points at home and abroad; final broad-based market-oriented publications shall be made in October, 2008 in cooperation with or solely by an international publishing house followed by the formal launching on 24 October, 2008, the sixty three birth anniversary of the United Nations] --has also received the following five awards, which is also a landmark in this field:
1. Best Book Award 2007-2008 from Bangladesh Writers’ Foundation
2. Leadership Award 2007-2008 from Bangladesh Political Science Association
3. Order of Merit Award from Newcastle Law Academy, Bangladesh
4. Excellence of Merit Award from the Department of Law and Human Rights, University of Asia Pacific, Bangladesh.
5. Excellence of Merit Award from Bangladesh Heritage Foundation
 And in line and tune with all these, on August 14, 2008, Bangladesh Philosophical Association formally awarded Sinha M.A. Sayeed ‘Global Voice’ title for the book O United Nations, first of its kind in the history of the United Nations since its birth on 24 October, 1945 because of its composition in a prosaic poetry fashion in particular. In support of taking such a bold decision, Professor Dr. Aminul Islam, Department of Philosophy, University of Dhaka and President of Bangladesh Philosophical Association, in unambiguous and transparent terms noted:
 ‘The book O United Nations composed by Sinha M. A. Sayeed in a prosaic poetry fashion and published by Bangladesh Political Science Association may be treated as an admirable piece of his series of writings. We are pleased to learn that this is unique in the history of the United Nations from the point of view of its composition in a prosaic poetry fashion in particular since its creation on 24 October, 1945. This is more interesting and encouraging to note that the book has meanwhile been recognized and reviewed by various national and international personalities and bodies including Bangladesh Writers Foundation, Bangladesh Political Science Association, World Federation of United Nations Association, International Association of Historians of Asia and Yale Model United Nations.
Let us say straight way that such recognitions, apart from the overall universal appeal and quality of the book, also played a role to convince us adequately to treat the book as one that ‘echoes the voice of the peoples of the world at large’ and we, therefore, here take an opportunity to honor you with a title ‘Global Voice’ in the true perspective of time, space and dimension’.
[Excerpts from Professor Islam’s evaluation on the book O United Nations sent to Sinha that was also printed in the Independent, a leading Daily in English language in Bangladesh, on August 23 August, 2008].
Welcoming the BPA’s decision, Amandla Ooko Ombaka, Secretary General of Yale Model United Nations XXXV, Yale University, Connecticut, USA, in his evaluation on the book wrote:
 I have read most of the review, comments and /evaluations made by distinguished national and international scholars on the book and I believe that the ‘Global Voice’ Award from the Bangladesh Philosophical Association was well deserved. O United Nations was worldly, forward-looking and creative in thoughts, ideas and spirit’.
 [Excerpts from his evaluation on the book e-mailed to Sinha that was also published in………….2008].
More encouraging voice in support of the title was sounded by Liaquat A. Siddiqui, Professor and former Chairman, Department of Law, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh, Member, Environmental Law Commission, International Union for Conservation of nature, IUCN, who in his evaluation on the book assertively maintained:
‘I do gladly endorse the awarding of ‘Global Voice’ title to Sinha by Bangladesh Philosophical Association for the book O United Nations’
[Quoted from his evaluation on the book published in PROBE, a leading weekly in English language in Bangladesh, on 12 September, 2008]
 There is no denying the fact that Sinha, in the book O United Nations, earmarks, sounds, utters and voices the issues and problems surrounding the United Nations so determinedly, confidently and optimistically not for a single nation or people but for the peoples and the nations in the world at large and, logically and pragmatically, this is more than enough to take him safely to the position of a ‘Global Voice’ transcending his national boundary and identity.
This is further to be  noted that O United Nations is a book of 52 pages, message of which is easily sensible and understandable even to an audience from any walk of life while its contents and contexts are so varied and  wide that otherwise needs thousands of pages to explain and detail. It is perhaps one of the highly discussed and reviewed books in the contemporary literature dealing with the UN. In the words of Professor Dr. Zillur R. Khan, Rosebush Professor Emeritus of Political Science, University of Wisconsin, USA and Chair, Research Council of International Political Science Association, who in his foreword to the book wrote: ‘I commend Sinha M. A. Sayeed for innovatively summing up the achievements and frustrations of the world body in his book titled O United Nations’.
Sinha’s technique of summing up the achievements and frustrations of the world body backed by necessary recommendations and urge for reforms has been so comprehensive, colorful, articulate and rhythmic that greatly infused into the book potentialities and opportunities to be discussed, evaluated and reviewed widely not from a single point of view but from different points of views entailing history, politics, diplomacy, economics, religion, science and technology, conflicts, war and peace, poverty so on and so forth coupled with necessary recommendations for reforms therein in the contexts of time, space and dimension. Sinha even did not miss to finger at the last speech of immediate past Secretary General Kofi Annan--- who had been well recognized for his thoughts on and initiatives for reforming the UN to put it on the rail in the light of reality and change---- delivered at the Truman Museum and Library that was a reflection of reality being faced by the UN because of the presence of the unipolar world under the leadership of USA. It is a book that speaks globally for the peoples in this planet and the man behind these sayings deserves rightly to be called a ‘Global Voice’.
Therefore, it is now a turn for the UN and its Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to look at the book O United Nations and evaluate it from their own perspective.
Interestingly enough, the process of reviews/evaluation/comments is on in a full swing


 


Dr. Kamal Uddin Ahmed,
Professor of Political Science
University of Dhaka.
The Review was sent to the Research and Review Cell of the book 'O United Nations' on October 07, 2008

 

O United Nations will undoubtedly keep Sinha alive for thousands of years! As an academic adviser and guide, I had adequate opportunities to go through the manuscript of Sinha M. A. Sayeed’s extraordinary book O United Nations with immense interest both before and after its publication.
 Subsequently,  I have also read the highly inspiring and insightful reviews and comments on the book made by various  national and international personalities, professional bodies and organizations.

Of them, organizationally, World Federation of United Nations Associations, International Political Science Association, International Association of Historians of Asia and Bangladesh Philosophical Association and individually, Dr; Rabia Bhuiyan, Professor Dr. Sha Alam, Professor Dr. Mir Shamsur Rahman, Takir Husain, a leading art critic, Rolleiv Solohom, senor journalist of Norway Post and Jalauddin Kafi of Lahore Times deserve to be named in particular. N addition, valuable comments made by various foreign Ambassadors/High Commissioners in Bangladesh have indisputably strengthened and enhanced the appreciation of the book  at a large scale.

Academic and think-tank institutions that awarded Sinha for the book O United Nations are indeed noteworthy and the expressions and words they used in the certificates are very much illuminating from the overall perspective of the recognition, appreciation and acceptance of the book nationally and internationally.

    Definitely, Man is mortal and all of us will have to leave this beautiful world (although both charming and conflict-ridden) sooner or later. But I am sure, Sinha’s celebrated book O United Nations will undoubtedly keep him alive for thousands of years!


 


Takir Hossain
Journalist and art critic
Published in the Daily Star on 12 January, 2008   

 

A Paean to a global body O United Nations is a collection of three prose poems that will give the readers a real sense of modern, that is, modernist poetry. The work is a sharp evaluation and focuses on the past, present and future of the United Nations. After a close perusal of Sinha M. A. Sayeed’s works, one does not find much of an uncomplicated task tracing the exact shadow of the poet’s mind. It is quite clear that he is a modernist in a complete sense. His poetic style is undoubtedly very distinctive, individualized and enlightening. Ian the book, Sayeed tried to concentrate on the present and past images of the United Nations. He shows up a vision as to what the image of the United Nations can mean for us all. The UN is an international organization whose avowed aim is to facilitate cooperation in international law, international security, economic development, and social progress and human rights issues.
The goals of the United Nations are thus to uphold international peace and security, safeguard human rights, provide a mechanism of the operation of international law, promote social and economic progress, improve living standard, world health, education, address refugee concerns and fight disease. It provides countries with an opportunity to balance global independence and national interests when dealing with international problems.
Sinha M. A. Sayeed has segmented his book into three parts. The first relates the beginning of the United Nations and its preliminary activities worldwide. T began functioning with certain commitments and duties before it. Its primary aim is to save the world from any perilous situation. Our dream is to see a world  where all children go to school, where all children can go to sleep well-fed, where all children are healthy, where no children are infected by HIV, nobody is going to hit any child, where children can play, sing and run free. Here is is remarkable stanza from part one, where readers can find the writer’s gratitude to the world body:
O United Nations----------------------------------------
A place of harmony and symphony
Of debates and speeches
Of logic and emotion
Of cooperation and determination
Of peaceful reconciliation and resolution
Accept my heartiest greetings
Sayeed is very strong, honest and truthful to his convictions. He writes that which he believes. Of course, for that very reason he cannot help but be very frustrated with current global conditions.Sayeed depicts the true picture of the United Nations as it appears before us in the second part of his work. We have lots of complaints against the UN and its recent activities. In the past few years, the UN’s failure in upholding human rights and other matters of concern to people worldwide has been glaring. As the following can be noted:
O United Nations -----------------------------------
Allegations against you
Are not less strong, less sounded
Disregard, dismay and frustrations
Are not unexpressed, unsounded either
Sinha M. A. Sayeed is a dreamer and a visionary. He wishes to see a world there is freedom from war, femine, drug trafficking and, in fact, the entire gamut of unlawful activities. In the book, he expresses the feelings of the community who are deprived of their fundamental rights. The book is a mirror of the disadvantaged people in the world. In the third part of the book, Sayeed presents his case in a novel way. The UN appears to us almost in a toto. In the future the UN will have no allegations leveled at it and, none will arise to question its neutrality. The UN will run on its own knowledge, power and wisdom. Sayeed approaches the present UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon thus:
O Ban Ki-moon-----------------------------
It is challenge to you
To run this august organization
Not being subservient to the will of any power and position
Please bear in mind for all the time
What you told the reporters on 1 January 2007
The day your entrance into the towering landmark building
Housing UN headquarters on New York’s East River.


 


Mr. Wajid Ali Khan Panni, Former Deputy Foreign Minister and High Commissioner of Bangladesh
The review was printed in Holiday, the leading Weekly in English in Bangladesh on October 24, 2008.

 

Book Review: O United Nations The dynamics of international politics has become increasingly complex in recent years as the problems, dilemmas and actors have multiplied and challenges mounted.  The wide variety of international problems require co-operation of sovereign states, non state actors, global civil society and an international governance system to regulate and monitor the problematic contexts. In this era of globalization and trans-nationalization of boundaries, global governance needs to   not only to be effective in addressing the problems, but also to  reduce inequality, be responsible to people, protect the vulnerable and allow economic and social needs to be fulfilled, resulting in a global new deal. The challenges of legitimacy, accountability and effectiveness together with justice and human security require an ongoing struggle against all forces of hegemony, aggression and exploitation.

Here lies the significance of UN as the central pillar of global governance. Because, UN is the only international organization with a global scope and universal membership. Its agenda encompasses the broadest range of security and governance issues.

UN was originated from the ashes of Second World War. When the world was going through a painful period of world wars, weaker nations were exploited and conquered. Bigger and stronger nations were dominating weaker nations and using hegemonic power to exercise their leadership in international politics. League of Nations was formed soon after the First World War to save the world from another devastating war and aggression. However, League failed to protect collective security and Second World War broke out in 1939. Soon after the War, UN was established as a mechanism to uphold and protect world peace, international justice and collective security. The mandates were fairly big. The formation of UN was an affirmation of the desire to make the world free from further conflicts and promote international co-operation and the spirit of peaceful co-existence. Since then UN always reflected world politics and world politics has shaped the evolution of UN and its organs.

However, the initial euphoria did not last long. In the era of cold war and its aftermath, UN failed to ensure collective security and human lives. Vietnam War, Middle East problem, armed conflicts in Africa, increasing militarization of post-colonial countries, ethnic cleansing etc force us to raise burning questions about the effectiveness of UN as legitimate and independent international body. This is more relevant when America is trying to ‘manufacture’ international consensus for its own selfish national interest.
                                                         
Against this context, Sinha M A Sayeed’s prosaic poetic version of United Nations, titled O United Nations reflects certain fundamental aspects about the UN system in the current era. The book is indeed a bold and innovative attempt to make a retrospective analysis of UN as a true international body. The message is strong, yet simple and poetic. Sinha speaks the language of nostalgic politics and idealism. The book is well organized and structured logically. Throughout   the book he used apt words and adjectives without compromising on objectivity and factual base.

The book is divided into three parts in which the entire story of UN is unfolded without neglecting important milestones. Hence, the book can serve as a good primer on UN system. He has beautifully amalgamated his prosaic poetry style to describe the harsh realities of world politics. The reader feels a unique experience while reading. Apart from style, the book is notable for his strong ideological standpoints. Even though he criticizes UN system, he strongly believes in the inevitability of UN as a true international representative body. He warns against hegemony, uni-polarity and the emergence of cold war in new form and shape. The poetry expresses concern over the socio- economic problems including poverty, under development and exclusion. Yet, he projects UN as the zenith of co-operation and global harmony.

In short, the book has struck a chord. It is too simple to read and enjoy even for a layman. But contains deep and thought provoking dilemmas of our present global order.
I wish Sinha a great success.

 


The review was made and sent by Sajjad Hossain, Executive Director,
Bangladesh
Perspective Research Foundation, to the Research and Review Cell of the book O United Nations on 15 October 2008.
 

Reflections on the book O United Nations
O United Nations
-- written by Sinha M. A. Sayeed and published by Bangladesh Political Science Association-- is a wonderful presentation to the quickest understanding of the United Nations within the canvass of the past, present and future. You sounds, utters and voices the issues and problems, overt or covert, surrounding this global body within the range of 52 pages with corresponding lucrative illustrations in such a manner that safely takes him closely to the position of a ‘Voice of peoples’ transcending his national boundary and identity. His sounding is clear, courageous, promising and meaningful when he says:
O United Nations-------------
Do you hear the voice of Reality?
Yes, following uneven balance of power
Voice of Europe
Voice of Asia
Voice of Africa
Voce of Australia
Voice of South America
Even Voice of North America minus USA
Are getting stronger
The message is one and clear
Uni polar world is not safe
Not safe, not safe
Even either for USA
Or for you [page-30, part-11 in the book]
On the question of existence of cold war Sinha’s assessment is a kind of reflection of what is exactly going on as you utters:
O united nations---------------------
With the dismantling of Communist USSR
Into a number of Free states
Era of cold war has not ended.
Rise of United Germany
Rise of China
Rise of Japan
Rise of Muslim states
Like Malaysia and Iran
As active actors
Regionally or internationally
And rapidly growing stronger voices
Of veto-powered France and USSR [re-emerging in its old glory]
Tell us again
Cold war is on, on
On in a new form and dimension [page-31, part-11]
Sinha’s thoughts on the immediate reforms to the UN system are more rhythmic and pragmatic in necessity and appeal when he voices strongly:
O United Nations--------------------
I do speak of your overall overhauling
Of planning and program
Of organizational set-up
Of so-called routine leaderships
Of budget and disproportionate allocations
O United Nations---------------------------
 I cannot refrain from resounding
Of necessity and compulsion
Of sincere and timely implementation
Of the long-standing cherished reforms [page-38, part-11]
More interesting to notice in the concluding lines in Part—111 in  the book is his open call to the incumbent UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon for his bold initiatives and leadership to run this august organization; it is a new dimension added to the book. Sinha’s reminding to Ban Ki-moon of the promises and determination that he made at the time of his talks with the press when he took over on 1 January, 2007 signifies Sinha’s sense of responsibility and pro-activism, which can better be recalled here as under:
O Ban Ki-moon-----------------------------------------------
…………………………………………………………
Please bear in mind for all the time
What you told the reporters on 1 January, 2007
The day of your entrance into the towering landmark building
Housing UN headquarters on New York’s East River.
O Ban Ki-moon-------------------------------------------
Let me recall it here n your own voce as follows---------
I start my day as Secretary General of United Nations
With much expectation, hope and promise
 Need your support
I start my day at daunting tme in international affairs
Starting from Danfur to Middle East, Lebanon, Iran, Iraq
North Korea, many other crises that trouble our world [page-50, part-111]
One and more than half a year passed since Ban Ki-moon’s assumption to the chair; a focus can duly be made on the balance sheet of hs leadership, successes and failures keeping in mind the ongoing session of the General Assembly of the United Nations
Needless to say that globalization backed by science, technology, proper mobilization and utilization of human resources is now a reality and the 21st century is rightly treated as a march towards an era of this unique globalization and this has wonderfully been depicted in the following verses:
O United Nations-----------------------------------------------
Look, look, look
Sparkle and vehemence of the marching of globalization
Crowned with rapidly flourishing science and technology
Yes, the world is getting transferred into a village globally
Distance is no more a distance
Everything is getting closer
A true sense of neighborhood is knocking at the door [page-43, part-11]
In fact, from start to the end, the book O United Nations deals with the issues and problems in and around the UN and necessary recommendations for reforms and implementations, which are voiced globally for all the nations in the world.
Therefore,, having honored Sinha with a ‘Global Voice’ title, Bangladesh Philosophical Association did the right thing at the right time.
As an activist of multi-dimensional perspectives, I believe that the book merits worldwide readership because of its delicate but tactful touching upon history, politics, diplomacy, economics, religion, science and technology, conflicts, war and peace, poverty, ethics, logic etc. in a prose-poetry form coupled with necessary recommendations for reforms therein in the contexts of time, space and dimension. It is indeed a valuable addition to the thoughts, ideas and reform agenda of the UN.
And last of all, I must say that it is not possible to go into the deep of everything in particular into the internal workings of the UN within the range of 52 pages of the book O United Nations. But the overall balance-sheet is positive, evaluative and unbiased indeed

 


M.A. Zafer
Barrister-at-Law (Gray’s Inn, London)
MCom (D.U) LLBHons. (London)
DPL, Management (NL)
Principal, Newcastle Law Academy
Dhaka, Bangladesh.

 

Unique addition to the literature on UN To speak the truth, Sinha M. A. Sayeed’s book O United Nations, composed in a prose-poetry form, is a unique addition to the literature on the United Nations. This is such a presentation that covers almost everything in and around the UN. Anyone going through the book may have enough interests; feel free and relaxed because of the magnetic attraction of its words, sentences and the paragraphs.

 The message and appeal of the book are universal irrespective of race, caste, creed, religion so on and so forth. Bangladesh Philosophical Association did the right thing by honoring Sinha with a ‘Global Voice’ title, which bears a testimony that Bangladesh Political Science Association has done an appreciable job taking a bold initiative to publish the book.

 I do adhere to a belief that the message of the book shall in course of time duly reach at each and every corner in the world.
[The review was sent to the Research and Review Cell of the book O United Nations, 20 June 2008]


 


Aziz Rahman
Executive Director
Centre for Governance Studies(CGS)
Development Specialist
Former Additional Secretary to the Government of Bangladesh

 

O United Nations: A prosaic-poetic focus on the past, present and future of the United Nations, by Sinha M. A. Sayeed.
Sinha, O Sinha, following your prosaic-poetic style, I must file this appreciation. While you raise the profile of the United Nations, people in many-a-nation will feel obliged to give a second thought on the current status and position, success and failure since inception, along with future direction of the august institution.

That is the style, the “prosaic-poetic style, adopted and applied by Sinha M. A. Sayeed, while witting a prosaic-poetic-pictorial eulogy of the grand association called the United Nations. The 52-page high-quality production was brought out in October 2007. Now, the World is undergoing changes with neo-imperialist structure of globalization and traditional form of capitalism crumbling like socialism-communism did in early 1990s, thereby increasing poverty World-wide and giving rise to new challenges, mainly for the developing countries. Will UN remain a silent spectator or endorse steps that will only benefit the rich World at the cost of the poor – the question agitates the mind of the people in the so-called developing World.

 While writing “A word on prosaic-poetic form” or “Gadya Kabita” as we call it in Bangla, Prof. Kabir Chowdhury says, “Issues and problems in and around our lives in various forms, peculiarities and dimensions may nicely and lucidly be expressed also in a prosaic-poetic form with minimum reference to rhythm and similes.” The contents of the publication have been and will continue to be subject of extensive research throughout the World for ages, as United Nations ostensibly came into being for the well-being and welfare of all inhabitants of the planet, including its flora and fauna. One can express the feelings about something poetically, and that can impress the readers easily. Sinha is obviously successful in his endeavor. Alternatively, he could choose to go through the usual academic exercise and painstaking methodological discipline, to scrutinize the role of the UN in war and peace, in security and development, and to recommend future strategic directions of this grand alliance of nations.

“O United Nations” contains thee parts – all un-titled. Apparently, Part- I (pages 15-22) depicts the high hopes and aspirations which the founders and people all over the World cherished. Part-II goes through the trials and tribulations the UN has since undergone with some success or little, highlighting some of the current and emerging challenges, with limited prescriptions without proper diagnosis. Part-III deals with personalities who founded and later lead the UN. O Sinha, you have accomplished a great job, you have done a great service to the humanity!

To many people, though, the past performance, present role in major global crises and issues and its low-key non-performance have come under severe scrutiny instead of any eulogy in any form – prosaic or poetic. Global governance is at crossroads. The common question today is – that of its survival, not to speak of thriving in a World situation inconceivable some sixty three years back. The UN must address the issues like globalization, with all its contents and discontents. It must be at the driving seat. It must uphold the right to development, and set up new organs like “Development Council” while widening the doors of the Security Council. It must sharpen its teeth, if it may have any, to bite, if necessary. O United Nations, rise to the occasions

[The review was sent to the Research and Reviews Cell of the book O United Nations on 28 October 2008]]                               


 


Professor Dr. Hasan Saroardy
General Secretary
Bangladesh Political Science Association (BPSA)
Chairman
Department of Political Science
Jagannath University
Dhaka, Bangladesh

 

It is such a book that tell s what UN is
The book O United Nations written by Sinha M. A. Sayeed is a courageous voice of a young leader of the nation. The aim of this book is revealed by its title. It is meant to help us understand the role of the UN in the current world.

I congratulate Mr. Sinha for his boldness in expressing his observation from the point of view of a person pf politics and political science. We on behalf of Bangladesh Political Science Association (BPSA) acknowledged him by awarding him the Leadership Award 2007-2008 for his outstanding work. All the best.
[The review was sent to the Research and Review Cell of the book O United Nations, 25 October 2008]


 


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